Hey there Ritik, here to talk to you about building a gaming PC. It’s a topic that’s close to our heartsat Newegg, and it’s also one that is constantly evolving with new hardware releases every single year shaking things up. Information that might have been true a year or two ago might notbe as relevant today. On our very own channel, we have several differentgenerations of PC building guides, and some of the earlier ones spend time talking aboutthings like CD-ROM drives. In this blog we’re going to take a lookat some of the big decisions you need to make when deciding on parts for a gaming PC in2020. And we also want to let you know that if you’relooking to configure a build of your own, you can now do that right on Newegg, usingour new PC Builder tool. We’ll have more information on that at theend of this video.

Your first big choice when it comes to a gamingPC is often what CPU brand to go with, and here in 2020 that choice is more difficultthan it has been in a long time. But that’s not a bad thing! For most of the past decade, the standardwisdom when it came to gaming CPUs was that you could usually get an AMD processor fora lower price – but your performance would be lower, too. That made Intel a really popular choice forgamers, since even though you might pay a little bit more, it was usually worth it forthe better gaming experience. With the latest generation of CPUs from bothAMD and Intel, performance gaps have been narrowed, erased, and sometimes even flip-flopped,depending on what you are going to do with your rig. And while you can still pick up some fantasticbudget CPU options from AMD, they also have higher-end processors that stand toe to toewith the best Intel can bring to the table. One interesting thing that has happened withCPUs over the past couple of years is that they’ve gotten better and better, but games haven’t really gotten that much more demanding, CPU-wise. 

Sure, you’ll still see much better resultswith a more modern and more powerful processor in your system, but unless you have some reallyextreme gaming needs, you probably don’t need to be breaking the bank on your CPU purchase- and you can save those dollars to put elsewhere in your build. Starting at the budget level, good recommendations right now include the Intel Core i5-9400F and the i7-9700K. Those will cost around $200 and $400 respectively, and should do a rock solid job running your PC games – though if you mostlyplay CPU-demanding titles, you should go with that i7. From AMD at around this same budget level,it’s hard to go wrong with the Ryzen 7 3700X, for eight cores and 16 threads of power, allfor under $300. It can go head to head with the pricier i7-9700K,and while the Intel option will often give you slightly better performance in games,the Ryzen will come out ahead if you’re doing a lot that will benefit from multithreading,like streaming or video rendering. 

Of course if you’re the kind of person whojust needs to have the best of the best, both Intel and AMD have higher-priced, higher-performanceoptions to consider. From Intel, you have a couple of options thathave been branded “the world’s fastest gaming processor”, including the i9-9900Kand the brand new 10th generation i9-10900K. If you want the very best for gaming and you aren’t planning on running other applications at the same time that might slow you down, thenthese options, which will cost you north of $500 a piece, are the way to go – though it’simportant to note that as of this video being released, stock on that 10th gen CPU is verylimited, and can be hard to find. On the AMD side, the Ryzen 9 3900X is goingto cost you just over $400, for gaming performance that’s very close to on-par with the i99900K. The Ryzen is going to come in a little slowerin certain gaming situations – this will be most notable when you’re pushing for theabsolute max frame rates possible and you aren’t caring about game resolution – butit’s going to be faster than the Intel offering in, once again, multi-threaded situationslike streaming and video editing. 

Moving on… Choosing a motherboard is worthy of a fullvideo all its own – and fortunately we have one just like that for you to watch. You can check that out if you’re really starting from scratch on this subject. For this video, let’s just cover the basics. If you’ve started by picking out your CPU,then you’ll need to pick up a motherboard that’s compatible. Google will be your friend here, for a listof compatible motherboard sockets and chipsets, or if you’re using a tool like the NeweggPC builder, it’ll be handled automatically. As a general recommendation, there areolder and newer motherboard generations that support your CPU choice, going with the neweroption will mean you get more features and possibly even better performance. But this is also a place where you can savesome money, if you are willing to compromise a bit and go with a previous generation board. When choosing a motherboard specifically forgaming, you’ll find that most of the major manufacturers make it clear which optionsare designed with gamers in mind. 

From ASUS you have things like the ROG orthe TUF gaming line, while MSI has the Gaming Carbon and Gaming Edge. The right motherboard for you depends on yourneeds, but for most gaming builds, you’re going to be looking to spend between $150and $500 for your motherboard. You can usually go a little under $150 ifyou’re okay with a few modest compromises, but if you find yourself looking at a motherboardthat’s more than $500, you should know that it’s probably made for extreme overclockingand watercooling builds. If options like the MSI Godlike or Aorus Xtremeboards are right for you, that’s awesome – but you’re probably doing a build that’sgoing to be for more than just regular gaming. The last major decision you’ll need to makewhen it comes to gaming PC components is your GPU. And while AMD has caught up to Intel on theCPU side, the high-end gaming GPU landscape isn’t quite as competitive – just yet. If you’re looking to push gaming resolutionsto the max, then an NVIDIA card is likely the right choice for you. 

The RTX 2080 Ti is a pricey GPU that’llcost you at least $1000 right now, but it also produces incredible results. 4K gaming, virtual reality, and ray-tracing- the 2080 Ti can really do it all when it comes to gaming, so if you have the cash,it’s a compelling choice. Stepping down a little bit in terms of cost,you’ll find the RTX 2070 Super and 2080 Super cards, coming in at between $500 and $1000 dollars, depending on which particular option you go with. For almost anything high-end gaming, thesecards will knock it out of the park – and you’ll be all set to take advantage of thecontinuing improvements to NVIDIA’s real-time ray tracing features and enhancements likeDLSS 2.0, the company’s AI-powered upscaling algorithm. So where does AMD enter the mix? Well, if your gaming aspirations are a littlemore modest, and you’re fine with 1080 or 1440p resolutions, without ray-tracing bellsand whistles, then AMD’s Radeon RX 5600 XT and RX 5700 are appealing options thatcan save you money compared to their NVIDIA counterparts. 

These cards are going to be several hundreddollars cheaper than those higher-end NVIDIA options we just mentioned, and around thesame price or a little bit cheaper than comparable NVIDIA options, like the 2060 and the 1660Super. Okay, so we have our CPU, motherboard, andGPU figured out – now we’re on to some quicker decisions to make for our gaming PC. When it comes to RAM, you’re probably going to want to go with 16GBs of RAM – maybe 32 if you want some future-proofing built in. You definitely don’t want to go any lowerthan 8 gigs for gaming, and 64 and above can be overkill In 2020 you should be going with DDR4 RAM,but when it comes to the actual specific RAM model you pick up, you’ll want to pay attentionto what works best with your motherboard and CPU. That will determine the maximum RAM speedyou can actually take advantage of, so don’t waste money paying for RAM that could go fasterthan your motherboard will actually support. A lot of what makes different RAM differentreally comes down to the style you’re looking for. RGB lighting and elaborate heat spreadersare mostly just a cosmetic choice, for gaming builds. If you’re just looking for an easy answerto the RAM question, then start with 16GBs of RAM in a two-stick configuration, froma big name like Corsair or G.Skill. Match up your speed with what the rest ofyour system supports, and you should be good to go. 

Now, how about storage? Well if you’ve been in the PC building gamefor a while, you probably remember how SSDs gradually replaced traditional hard drivesin terms of the storage option of choice. Well in 2020, we’re basically in the midstof another, similar transition – one in which NVMe-based SSD M.2 drives that work via the PCIe interface are replacing those older SATA SSDs. The prices of these super tiny NVMe driveshave come down so much in the past couple of years that there’s not a strong argumentto be made to get anything else, provided your motherboard supports them. For most gamers, it’s going to be a slamdunk to go with a 1 TB M.2 drive as your primary storage option. And if you need even more space than that, then a SATA SSD can be a fine choice as a secondary drive. One of the final decisions you need to maketo complete your gaming PC build is your case, and that’s a choice that’s going to bedriven largely by your personal style. There are some functionality differences betweencases, to be sure, and you need to pay attention to size constraints too. If you’ve picked up a particularly bulkymotherboard and GPU, then getting a case with a little more space inside, or even fullyremovable side panels, can help with building and cable management. And we haven’t even touched on the subjectof form factor yet. If you’re thinking about a gaming PC buildthat needs to fit in a compact space, then you might need to go back and reconsider yourmotherboard. A Micro-ATX or Mini-ITX system can be theright choice if you’re looking for something that needs to go in a living room entertainmentcenter, for example, but you’re going to have to make some compromises in terms of connectivity and features – and your case options are going to be limited by that smaller form factor, as well. 

A power supply is a good thing to choose last,because the right option for you will depend on the total wattage required by the othercomponents in your system. This is where using a tool like the NeweggPC Builder can really come in handy – because as you add components to your build, you cansee the total wattage required. Pick up a power supply with plenty of headroom above and beyond what your build currently requires, just to be safe, and to be ready for futureupgrades. Then look for a PSU with an 80-Plus rating,which means it’ll deliver at least 80% efficiency at turning the AC power from your wall socketinto the DC power that your system’s components require. Higher ratings – like 80-Plus Gold or Platinum- indicate even greater efficiency, which can save you money on power in the longrun. Phew. You got all that? It’s a lot, we know – and this video didn’teven dive too deeply into some of the discussion that can be had about building a gaming PC. If you’ve got tips or opinions – and I’llbet you do! – go ahead and drop them in the comments below this video. And if you’re looking for a tool to makeputting together your next PC build easier, check the description box below for a linkto the Newegg PC Builder. With this new tool you can walk through your build step by step, adding components and only seeing components that are compatiblewith what you have already selected.

 You can keep an eye on the price and totalwattage as you assemble the right build to meet your needs, knowing that the Newegg PC builder will take care of the compatibility questions. For Newegg Studios I’m Ritik gupta. Happy building, and we’ll see you next time!